February 25, 2009
Bayern Munich got a storming win beating Sporting 5-0 at the Jose Alvalade stadium to establish a dominant position in their Champions League last-16 tie.The tie is almost over now and bayern look easy winners with the home leg to come.
The result means Bayern are still unbeaten in this year’s Champions League – and again, it was French wizard Ribery who provided the German side with their inspiration.
Sporting had threatened early on, forcing Philipp Lahm to clear an Anderson Polga effort off the line. The game ebbed and flowed after that – but it was Bayern who took the lead three minutes before half time.
In the second half, Bayern put the game beyond doubt. First Klose forced home a Massimo Oddo cross on 57 minutes before Ribery bagged his second from the penalty spot six minutes later following a foul on Lahm.
Toni added two late goals as Sporting fell apart, the Italian rising almost unchallenged to head in a fourth before comedy defending allowed him enough time and space in the box to score at the second attempt.
Klinsmann said afterwards: “That was beautiful to watch. We are standing with one and a half legs in the quarter final
February 24, 2009
Barcelona seemed happy to settle for a draw and take lyon back to the Nou Camp tonight.Lyon took the lead with a wonderful freekick but henry fired back for barca to settle a draw .
They went ahead with their first effort on goal, an outrageous free-kick by set-piece expert Juninho.Fouled out on the left wing, just five yards in from the touchline, no-one – not least Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes – would have expected the Brazilian to shoot from that position.That is exactly what he did, the ball dipping and curling over the beleaguered custodian and into the top right-hand corner
Both sides then hit the woodwork. Samuel Eto’o was the first, Barca’s Cameroon striker pouncing on a mistake by the otherwise excellent Cris and sending a toe-poke against the post in the 15th minute.Benzema, looking very dangerous on the break, then cut inside 25 yards out and curled a right-foot shot against the post with Valdes well beaten
Barca improved after the break and Henry got their leveller, stooping to head in a corner at the far post
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February 24, 2009
Porto have claimed a very advantageous draw, with more significantly, two away goals at Vicente Calderon the game ended 2-2.Goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Diego Forlan strike were both cancelled out by goals from Lisandro Lopez as Porto twice came from behindArgentine Lisandro Lopez scored twice to take his Champions League tally to six as Porto twice came from behind to level the score in Madrid
Porto briefly pushed for a third but both sides seemed to settle at 2-2 , leaving the game to wane towards a draw that now sets up a fascinating return leg in Portugal.
Aguero, who had a son with Diego Maradona’s daughter Giannina Maradona five days ago, was taken off by Resino very early in the second half to the surprise of the home crowd who responded with whistles
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February 22, 2009
David Villa scored the opening goal but was later sent off, allowing hosts Depor to salvage a point via the head of defender Adrian Lopez Piscu.
The home side had controlled the first half but lacked the cutting edge required to break Valencia down.
The visitors were gifted a goal on 24 minutes when midfielder Julian de Guzman’s hooked backpass was intercepted by Villa.
The Spain international got to the ball before Piscu before curling a well-executed finish around the defender and into the top corner.